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Conjuring 2, The

8/10

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente, Lauren Esposito, David Thewlis, Bonnie Aarons

Director: James Wan

Director Wan perfectly proves that the best way to ensure a sequel’s success is to repeat the basic assets of the original while adding more of the same to satisfy genre addicts.

Vera Farmiga takes a rest from her small screen horrors in television’s Bates Motel to once again play real-life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren and Patrick Wilson returns as husband Ed, the couple who made their name investigating creepy manifestations in 1970s Amityville.

This time, however, they boldly go to England in 1977 where single mother Frances O’Connor and her four children are being subjected to a reign of supernatural terror, with daughter Madison Wolfe becoming the increasingly horrified target of the ghostly aggressor…

It says much for Wan, who collaborated on the screenplay with Chad Hayes, Carey W Hayes and David Leslie Johnson, that he succeeds in keeping the suspense strong and serving up a satisfying slew of shocks and make-you- jump scares during the rather long running time.

Alan Frank

USA 2016. UK Distributor: Warner Brothers. Colour.
129 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 16 Oct 2016

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